Rob Ford. Re­porter serves mayor li­bel no­tice

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Mayor Rob Ford was slapped with a li­bel no­tice late Thurs­day for tele­vised com­ments he made about a re­porter, who said the re­marks amounted to an ac­cu­sa­tion of pe­dophilia.

Toronto Star re­porter Daniel Dale would not com­ment on his suit that also names Vi­sion TV, which aired the Ford in­ter­view, say­ing an ar­ti­cle he wrote for his news­pa­per would have to stand.

“I’m ask­ing Ford to im­me­di­ately re­tract the false in­sin­u­a­tion that I am a pe­dophile. I am also serv­ing Vi­sion TV, which twice broad­cast Ford’s vile and defam­a­tory re­marks ... even though their in­ter­view was filmed days be­fore it aired,” Dale wrote.

Ford said a day af­ter the in­ter­view that he stood by “ev­ery word.”

In the in­ter­view broad­cast Mon­day, Ford told host Con­rad Black that Dale had per­pe­trated the worst in­va­sion of his pri­vacy dur­ing a May 2012 in­ci­dent.

“Daniel Dale is in my back­yard tak­ing pic­tures. I have lit­tle kids. He’s tak­ing pic­tures of lit­tle kids,” Ford said.

Dale main­tains he was writ­ing a story about a plot of pub­lic land ad­ja­cent to Ford’s house that the mayor wanted to buy, so he went to take a look when the mayor emerged from his home to con­front him.

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